Do fathers really do what they want to do on Father's Day?

Dozens of local ones who are endurance junkies do. For nearly a quarter century, they have chosen to wake at around 5 a.m., pack a bag with swimming goggles, a bike helmet and shoes, and running shoes, put their bike on their car and head to James Island County Park.

Participating in the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series, which used to kick off on Father's Day every year, has been the way they started their special day.

Sunday's triathlon, the second of five this summer, starts at 7 a.m. with a 600-yard swim in the park's lake, continues with a 12-mile bike ride through the park and out and back on Riverland Drive, and finishes with a 5K run.

Fees to participate in the spectator-friendly event are $50-$60. Other races will be July 6 and 27, as well as Aug. 10, which is the championship race.

Time Trial Championship

For the fourth year, Awendaw will host the South Carolina State Time Trial Championships, an "out-and-back" 40K on Seewee and Doar roads, on Saturday. The race starts and finishes on Seewee near the Sewee Outpost.

The adult time trial will commence at 9 a.m., with riders starting individually at one minute intervals. The junior time trial will start at 11 a.m.

Chris Moore, co-director of Mount Pleasant Velo, says the event has grown by about 20 percent each year since being held in Awendaw and that he expects about 120 cyclists to compete. Participants can sign up either in age groups or cycling categories.

Moore adds that hand cyclists will have a time trial, as well. A half dozen have signed up.

Moore says the event is open to all cyclists, from elite veterans to novices. Those who aren't members of USA Cycling, which is sanctioning the event, can purchase a one-day membership for $15 to participate; the membership is primarily for insurance reasons.

The race fee is $30 for adults and $15 for juniors. Those who wait until race day will have to pony up an additional $15.

The event is part of the South Carolina State Omnium Championships, which also includes the South Carolina State Road Race Championships (June 7) and the South Carolina State Criterium on June 21 in Blythewood.

Duckie SUP races

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island's eighth annual Rotary Charity Duck Race won't just be about rubber duckies this year.

The club is holding two stand-up paddleboard races, a one-mile race and three-mile race, at 8 a.m. Saturday starting from the Children's Park dock on Daniel Island. The fee is $20 and includes two duck "adoptions." Race day registration is $30.

As for the rubber duck race, the drop from the Wando bridge takes place at 10 a.m. First prize is a new Toyota Camry donated by Rick Hendrick Toyota.

Board rentals will be available for $10 on a first come, first served basis. A "How to SUP Basics" clinic will be Friday at the Sundown on the Wando festival.

Beach volleyball

After 13 years of being bumped around different East Cooper locales, the Charleston Beach Volleyball & Social Club has found a new, seemingly permanent home: Santi's Restaurante Mexicano at 1471 Ben Sawyer Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.

The club is offering pickup games 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 5-8 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31. The cost is $5. Summer adult leagues start June 24 and June 25. The fee is $50 for the eight-week league play.

Learn to Row Camp

High school-age student athletes are invited to participate in a Learn to Row Camp, hosted by Porter-Gaud and the Charleston Community Rowing Club.

Rowing is a fast-growing team sport that builds strength, endurance, confidence and character. Nearly every top university in the U.S. has a crew team and rowing experience is highly valued among college recruiters and admission officers.

The Learn to Row program is intended to introduce youths and high school-age women and men to the sport of rowing.

Over a four-week period, participants will learn the basics of team rowing, including water safety procedures, boat management and rowing technique.

The camps will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 30-July 18 at Brittlebank Park. The cost is $195. The camp is limited to 10 male and 10 female participants.

For more, contact Cammi Stanko at

Special Olympics

Nearly 170 athletes from Special Olympics South Carolina will be in Princeton, N.J., for a week starting Saturday for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. Athletes will compete in 16 sports, including aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, bocce, flag football, golf, gymnastics, tennis, soccer and power lifting.

Team South Carolina will be among 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches and 10,000 volunteers.

Also representing the Lowcountry will be Mount Pleasant Police Department Maj. Stan Gragg, who was chosen to represent Special Olympics South Carolina during the 2014 USA Games Final Leg Torch Run.

Gragg, who serves on the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics South Carolina Council, is an avid runner and recently coordinated and ran the Coast to the Capitol Torch Run for the opening of the State Summer Games in Columbia.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.